Working for Walthamstow Tuesday 20th November 2018

Brexit Deadlock Update, MP Xmas Card Competition, Eugene's Timbuktu Drive, Wheelie Bin Replacement Charges, Barking to Gospel Oak Trains update, Local Job and Voluntary Ops 

This is the Working For Walthamstow newsletter. I produce it every week to highlight issues of relevance to our area, and to let you know what I'm up to as the MP for Walthamstow. 

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Whats on in Walthamstow in the coming days......Working for Walthamstow - This week's News Updates and How You Can Be Involved.... 

WF Animal Protection Meeting- Tuesday 20th November The next Meeting of Waltham Forest Animal Protection will be on Tuesday 20th November, 7.30pm, at The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street.  The guest speaker will be Emma Goddard, National Volunteer Coordinator at The Humane League UK. She will tell the story of how The Humane League is driving progress for animals in the UK and beyond through hard-hitting campaigns for animal welfare, and through an exciting project to get vegan options available on every high street. The event is free and all are welcome. 

Mums for Lungs Are Coming to Walthamstow- Thursday 22nd November Jemima Hartshorn, Founder of Mums For Lungs is coming to Walthamstow on Thursday 22nd November, 7.30pm at In Vino Veritas on Orford Road for an inspiring talk and discussion. The clean air campaign group is inviting residents to join them to learn and discuss how they can work together to raise further awareness of the harmful affects of air pollution has on children. To register for your place at this event please click here

Christmas Small Business Networking- Friday 23rd November Kickstart your Yuletide celebrations with the Waltham Forest Business Network at the William Morris Gallery on Friday 23rd November.  THey have exclusive access from 5pm until 6.30pm.  Then join the Gallery's Night Market which includes E17 Designers, mulled wine and much more. To register please book via the eventbrite. 

St Barnabas Concert- Sunday 25th November St Barnabas Sunday Concerts presents 'A Close Shave' on Sunday 25th November, at 4pm. This will be a programme of "close harmony, excerpts from ‘Sweeney Todd’, ‘The Barber of Seville’ and other hair-raising musical mischief!"  They will be raising money for the Movember Foundation- for more details please visit their website.  

TCV First Aid Training: Thursday 29th November The Friends of Lloyds Park are planning to organise a one day EFA first aid course on Thursday 29th November. If you are interested in attending, please contact Gareth on 07731450839. The venue is the Learning Lodge in Pimp Hall nature reserve in Chingford.  

Mandy at the Stow Film Lounge- Thursday 29th November Walthamstow's Stow Film Lounge shows Mandy at the Wild Card Brewery at Unit 2 Lockwood Way on Thursday 29th November. Doors open 7.15pm, Film 8.00pm, Finish 10.15pm. The Wild Card bar will be open as usual and they will be serving freshly made popcorn and ice-creams. Meat or Veggie pizzas can be pre-ordered and will be delivered fresh to the site for you to enjoy with the film. Online ticket only £8.50/£6.50 conc (senior citizens, unwaged, students) + booking fee. Online ticket + pizza from £15.25 (pre-book only) + booking fee. Buy online at: Door ticket only: £8.50/£6.50 conc.  

Woodside Magical Market & Pantomime- Saturday 1st December Woodside School and Wood Street First, would love to invite you to join their magical market and pantomime on Saturday 1st December. If you are interested in selling your goods on one of their stalls, prices are as follows: Traditional outdoor wooden stalls/food stalls: £20 (including a side table) Indoor tabletop: £10. Please email the school for more information. with regards to booking a table. When emailing, please specify which type of table you would like, what goods you will be selling and your contact details. 

Winter WoodFest- Sunday 2nd December Wood Street Business Forum presents the Winter Woodfest on Sunday 2nd December, 12pm-4pm at 100 Wood Street. There will be christmas stalls, food & drink, stocking fillers and of course Santa's Grotto.  

Legal Advice Clinic Open Evening- Tuesday 4th December Waltham Forest Community Hub on Orford Road are hosting an open event supported by local volunteer laywers to begin a local law centre. This event will feature people who can advise on family law; immigration and criminal law and is open to local residents. It will be held on Tuesday 4th December between 6.30pm-8.30pm. For more information email them on or call 07427 663286.  

Wave Choir at St Mary’s- Thursday 6th December Wave Choir will be performing at St Mary’s Church in Walthamstow village on Thursday 6th December, between 7.30pm-9.30pm. They will be singing jazzy numbers, including the carols, with audience participation and refreshments will be served. For more information please email Helen

Hoe St Christmas market- Sunday 9th December Do all your Christmas shopping in comfort, with hot food and a drink from a cheap bar at the next Hoe Street Christmas market on Sunday 9th December from 12pm to 5pm. There will be gifts, art, jewellery, plants, ceramics, clothes, weird dolls, soaps, Christmas cards and decorations cakes and more from local artists, reflexology, makers and bakers at Walthamstow Trades Hall. They will also have a stall supporting the local night shelter. Vietnamese street food is served in the front car park (next to the petrol station on Hoe St) as well as cheese toasties with an Indian twist. This event is kid friendly with plenty of seating and space for prams, and the address is 17 Hoe St but the entrance is on Tower Hamlets Road (opposite Yard Sale Pizza). For more information please email the Hoe St market team. 

Over 60s Christmas Lunch- Friday 21st December The Orford Road Community Hub's Christmas lunch is on Friday 21st December and is for anyone aged 60 and over, living in Waltham Forest.  It is free for Hub Senior Club members, there is a charge of £4 for non-members.  Please contact the Hub on 020 8223 0707 to book. 

Brexit - Who Knows Whats Going to Happen Next? 

Brexit continues to unravel in parliament, as the deadline for Britain leaving the European Union set out by triggering Article 50 fast approaches. 

Last Wednesday, the Prime Minister announced that she had the support of her cabinet for the withdrawal agreement she had reached with the European Union, which she then presented to Parliament on Thursday. Shortly before this, two of her cabinet resigned over the deal and now she faces the possibility of a no confidence motion in her leadership as a result of this proposal. 

Its very clear there is no majority in parliament for any Brexit outcome- whether to leave the European Union with no deal, to back the Prime Ministers deal, to negotiate a new deal or to stay in the European Union all together.  When the Prime Minister came to parliament,  I asked herwhat she’s going to do to break this deadlock which is already impacting on our economy and our society. The pound has now fallen substantially in value against the dollar and without her changing her approach there is little prospect of an end to this chaos. However, in her response the Prime Minister made it clear she had no intention of addressing these concerns- my exchange with the Prime Minister can be read here.

Many residents have written to me about all of these potential combinations and the problems this uncertainty about what will happen next is creating for their families as well as their futures. I share these concerns, and personally believe the only course of action now is for the public to have a final say on these matters through a people's vote on the options facing the country- however I also recognise there is no majority for this position at present in parliament to make this happen and that many have concerns a second referendum undermines the result of the 2016 referendum.  However difficult, I will continue to work with other MPs to see how this deadlock can be broken, and so our struggling democracy can function again. 

I also want to reassure local residents that I am committed to doing a local update meeting on Brexit as soon as there is more clarity about what realistically any actual deal with Europe might contain, and what the options are for what happens next including how and if there would or could be a public vote and what that might cover.  If you are a local resident and haven't emailed to say you are interested in Brexit and want to be notified as to when the meeting happens please do email my office.

MPs Festive Greeting Card Competition 

Each year I host a competition to design my annual Festive greeting card. This is open to all children who live in Walthamstow aged 12 or under. Nearly 4,000 of these cards will be produced and sent to local and national recipients to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the coming New Year. The winning design will be professionally printed in full colour in A5 and is generously sponsored by local businesses.  In addition to having their design reproduced, the young person whose design is selected will be invited, along with their family, for a celebration tea with me in Westminster.

The deadline for entries is Friday 30th November. All entries can either be posted to my office or emailed to Entries must include the name, address, telephone number, school and age of the young person. If you are a local business and would be interested in sponsoring my annual greeting card and so supporting this project, please respond to this email or call my office on 020 8521 1223.

Eugene's Heart of Gold: Sponsored Drive to Timbuktu 

Earlier this year, local resident Eugene Costello suffered from a series of heart attacks that initially went undetected. After a visit to Whipps Cross, Eugene underwent emergency operation at Barts hospital and suffered a stroke and discovered there was a blood clot in his brain.  Following three months off for recovery, Eugene is keen to fundraise for those organisations which supported his recovery and will be driving to Timbuktu for charity.

The Timbuktu Challenge is due to depart the UK on Wednesday 26th December, heading south across Europe, through Morocco, Western Sahara and Mauritania, crossing the Sahara Desert and ending in Mali’s capital, Bamako – a journey of approximately 4100 miles. They will be raising funds for three charities: 

  • British Heart Foundation (especially to fund more research into Sudden Cardiac Arrest, SCA) 

  • The Press Fund

  • NUJ Extra

If you would like to support Eugene by sponsoring him please click here.

Wheelie Bin Replacement Charges: New Waltham Forest Council Policy 

This week, Waltham Forest Council have confirmed that they have implemented a £20 charge for a replacement of all household wheelie bin for street level properties from Wednesday 14th November. The charge will cover the cost of the bin plus administration and delivery. For more information on this policy and any possible exemptions please click here.

Barking Gospel Oak Line: Reduced Service Timetable Published...

Transport for London have been in touch again this week to continue to apologise for the problems users of the Gospel Barking Oak Line are currently facing. They have now published the reduced service timetable -  Trains will run every 15 to 30 minutes, and details are available on their website.  They are also trialing a supplementary bus service to understand if it will be useful for customers. Buses will run every 30 minutes between Gospel Oak and Seven Sisters (for South Tottenham) and also between Walthamstow Central and Barking. As and when I get further updates both on the revised service and the action being taken to try to get this service back to normal again I will share them via this e-newsletter. 

Local Job and Volunteer Opps: Work for an MP, Woodside primary Academy, Snow Angels

This week, I have three local job and volunteer opportunity that may be of interest to local residents. Firstly, I am seeking to recruit a caseworker to join my Walthamstow team, working to support residents at both a local and a national level. The full job advert can be found on the 'Work for an MP' site here including the nature of the role and the desirable skills for this position. Please note applications should be sent to and I am not involved in the shortlisting process, so any attempts to contact me directly including through this email address will result in automatic rejection. The deadline for applications is Sunday 25th November 2018.

Secondly, Woodside primary Academy are seeking anew local community governor. If you would like the opportunity to have a link with your local community, please contact the school on 020 8520 5169 or alternatively please email them.

Lastly, the Council are looking for their snow angels. Snow Angels are local residents who volunteer to clear snow and ice from the footways and pathways in their local area. If you're interested in becoming a Snow Angel please click on this link. If you were previously a Snow Angel and would like the Council to resupply you with any grit, gloves, shovel or hi-vis, please click here.

Where to find me this coming week....

  • Wednesday 21st November - Speaking at Fawcett Society and Government Office of Equality events to mark 100 years of some women getting the vote, and then hosting a meeting with the PCS union and its members who work for the National Gallery who are facing an employment tribunal. 

  • Thursday 22nd November- Attending the Walthamstow CLP AGM. 

  • Friday 23rd November- appearing on Any Questions from Oxford.